Spinach-garbanzo salad with almonds and feta [Recipe]


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The secret to this hearty and delicious salad developed by registered dietitian-nutritionist Frances Largeman-Roth for California Almonds is beet juice. It infuses the garbanzo with that gorgeous vibrant red hue so much so that they almost look like cranberries. Speaking of cranberries, if you can’t find beet juice, cranberry juice will have a similar — though not as intense — effect. And don't forget the crunchy almonds!



  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup beet juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 ounces roasted, unsalted almonds (46 almonds), roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers



  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, cranberry juice, mustard, maple syrup, vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir in the parsley. Place the beans in the bowl with the dressing, stir to coat, and set aside.
  2. To serve, place 1.5 cups spinach into each of 4 bowls. Top with 2 tablespoons feta, 1.5 tablespoons almonds, 1 tablespoon of raisins, and 1/4 cup of cucumbers. Finally, top with 1/4 cup of the garbanzo bean and dressing mixture.
  3. Repeat with the remaining 3 bowls and enjoy.


Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, is a New York Times bestselling author and nationally recognized health expert. She provides private nutrition counseling to clients through her HealthyHousecalls and is a frequent guest on the "Today Show," "Good Morning America," CNN, "The Rachael Ray Show" and others. Largeman-Roth has also lent her expertise as a judge for Food Network Challenge and The James Beard Awards. Her latest cookbook is Eating In Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at Columbia University. Largeman-Roth lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband and three kids. To learn more, go to www.franceslargemanroth.com.